What is right? Is it what you believe it to be? Does everyone have their own interpretation of "what's right"? If so there can be over a billion different versions of what is right when it comes to beliefs and practices. Such a varied notion cannot be right. It breeds anarchy.Which brings me to the conclusion that what is right has to be set by what is not within. The standard of morality and virtue has to be set by an external influence, free from prejudice. God sets the standard.
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Cause and effect will help you understand why things went the way they did. But does it justify it? And if we rely on a society's standard on what is right, and every society has its standard, then it becomes a case of following the masses.
Wearing too little clothing in Alaska causes death by freezing. Wearing too much clothing in Hawaii causes death by heatstroke. Yes, it is justified - if you want to live.
Situation: My neighbor has a great car, I don't.
Action: I steal the car.
Cause: Am always late for work, plus I really like my neighbor's car.
Effect: I always get to work in time.
I believe my actions are right. Am I justified?
If your neighbor did the same to you, would it be justified?
@ VationSays :-) justification is fickle when it comes to justice. There are three justifications I am aware of - a priori, a posteriori, and Kant's view of synthesis. I justify Kant's view at times because I can't use the other two satisfactorily.
Your car cause/effect answer doesn't stop there. You stole a car so now you have a criminal record and most definitely don't still have your neighbour's car. Most people have the capacity to think ahead and determine consequences.
haha...okay, I was asking...then went ahead to voice my thoughts on the matter
The voice of God once told a man to kill his own son. He also drowned the whole world...blaming his creation for his mistakes. Also condones slavery, rape, genocide, etc. Is this character really the one who sets the standards for morality?!
I agree. And there can be over 7 billion opinions on one single issue. And true-might doesn't make right. Neither does the minority having their say and the majority having their way. This doesn't bring justification- it simply brings order.
"The difference between right and wrong is what's left."
:D Why don't sensei's and wise people say what they mean, call a spade a spade, instead of leaving us more confused?
True...and here's another interesting thought: the number system is based on how you perceive it- binary, decimal, octal, hexadecimal or whichever new one people have come up with.
What an interesting answer. Clearly there is a line between adults and children. I suppose we could say that nurture plays a big role in what we determine is right or wrong. And religion just may be a big part of that for 50%.
Okay...what would to take to be as evidence of the existence of God? Some need to see a sea parting in half, others bread multiplying from one basket, while others simply have to take a walk in the neighborhood to observe nature at work.
Evidence for the existence of a God should be OBJECTIVE...and irrefutable. Every example that you mentioned is based upon nothing but human whim and very faulty conjecture.
But people DID see a sea parting in half-in fact they walked right through it. People also DID get bread multiplied from a handful of loaves. Unless you are saying that the authors who witnessed these occurrences separated by centuries were lying.
Using Odds & Probabilities...the most likely answer, overwhelmingly, is that...Yes..they lied!
Number of times I have seen seas parting = 0
Number of times I have seen people lie = >100,000
So you've based your decision on the probability of a documented event being truthful- which is not objective. "It's not the truth because it's more likely to be a lie". Odds and probabilities don't determine facts.
What?! OK...I see you NEED to believe in ancient fairy tales...for some reason or other. Please continue to do so, but u should keep it to yourself, because u have no argument in your favor...AT ALL. This kind of programmed absurdity is expected.
Ancient fairy tales...because they are from old manuscripts and detailed "unfathomable" feats? Programmed absurdity...because I subscribe to a faith and believe in God? Am I wrong because it's unlikely that am right? Oh well...that's my path.
Yes, I am sure you are as wrong as anyone else who believed in all the other outlandish man-made IMMORAL deities from the past. Willful ignorance of the laws of nature and psychology does not make your indoctrinated beliefs any truer than the others.